There are a ton of stats you can point to that capture just how amazing and unexpected the Detroit Lions’ defensive performance was against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. You could point to the Lions’ defense—which previously had the worst passer rating against in the league—holding Drew Brees to his lowest passer rating in over a year. Or that the Saints scored the fewest amount of points they had all season. Or that the Lions’ 31st ranked defense by DVOA held the No. 4 ranked offense to just six points through three quarters.
But no stat is more unbelievable than this one:
Drew Brees' NFL-record streak of 60 consecutive home games with a TD pass comes to an end.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 4, 2016
Think about that. The Lions pass defense—which was undeniably the worst pass defense in the league in the first half of the season—held Drew Brees without a passing touchdown for the first time all season, and was the first team to do it in New Orleans since October 4th, 2009. Oh, and they picked him off three times, too.
This isn’t just a rare thing at home, either. All Drew Brees does is throw touchdowns. He had done so in 115 of his past 117 regular season games. And yet, Sunday he left the Superdome touchdown-less for the first time in seven years.
Many have debated the true improvement of the Lions defense over the past month, but Sunday’s performance was irrefutably their best of the season.